Recalling Nat Hentoff, a True Free Thinker

We all say we support free speech, don’t we? Then we hear something we don’t like, and we falter. Something ugly is said, and our rally for the First Amendment falls silent. Free speech is one thing, but …

There were no “buts” with Nat Hentoff.

When news of his death at age 91 came out last weekend, headlines described him as an “acclaimed writer” and a “renowned columnist.” He certainly was, but CNN also used the word “edgy” to describe the man who wrote for the Village Voice for 50 years. And with good reason: Hentoff didn’t simply pay lip service to the First Amendment. He meant what he said.

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